A cameraman captured the moment a motorbike ploughed into him in a horrific accident that resulted in him having his lower right leg amputated.
Noel Greaves-Lord was filming from a pavement in Cannes, France, when a motorcyclist lost control coming round a bend.
His own startling footage shows the biker falling from the Ducati, which then comes hurtling towards the camera.
The 52-year-old, who was helping a friend produce a short film at the time, told Metro: ‘I heard a horrible crunch of metal and looked up and the bike was right on top of me.
‘I thought my leg had come off. You go in and out of pain and clarity – at one point I was saying, “Can someone call an ambulance please?” Then, “F***ing h*** it hurts!”.’
Mr Greaves-Lord, of Worthing in Sussex, endured multiple operations to try to fix the damage.
But after he contracted an infection, doctors told him amputation would be the safest option and he went under the knife in November 2011.
It was only recently that he summoned the courage to watch back the footage of his ordeal.
‘It was more traumatic than I thought revisiting it,’ he said.
‘It was exactly how I remembered it – it did give me the sweats watching it back.’ Mr Greaves-Lord, who has covered major events for broadcasters including the BBC and ITV, said the last three years had been ‘devastating’ but insisted he was lucky to be alive.
He added he feels no bitterness towards the biker, an Italian living in France, but has instructed law firm Irwin Mitchell to recover damages over the October 2010 accident, with a High Court trial in the offing.
19 May 2014 | 9:13 pm – Source: metro.co.uk